BBC reports on the fight against sleeping sickness.
Public broadcaster, the BBC World Service, recently broadcast two reports and ran an article on its website, highlighting the Stamp out Sleeping Sickness (SOS) campaign and subsequent initiatives to eradicate the disease in Northern Uganda. As the BBC explained, the campaign involves a unique approach, in which cattle are effectively used as live bait to prevent the deadly sleeping sickness parasite, trypanosome, from infecting people in rural communities.
The initiative began in 2006, when IKARE financed an emergency
intervention in Northern Uganda to help avoid a potential sleeping
sickness catastrophe in the region. Since then, IKARE has been
actively involved in funding and supporting the fight against
sleeping sickness, thereby helping to save thousands of lives. As
the BBC reported: "These results were achieved as part of the Stamp
Out Sleeping Sickness campaign, a partnership created in 2006 by
the University of Edinburgh, the University of Makerere, IKARE,
Ceva Sante Animale and the Government of Uganda. SOS is estimated
to have saved up to $400 million in human health care costs. It has
also generated increased productivity of $25 per head of cattle per
year in these poor communities."
Underlining the importance of this work, the initial research
from the University of Edinburgh was identified as one of the top
20 examples (out of 7,000 revised) of UK further education
institutions benefiting global development.
Read full article from BBC here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-34767184
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